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EP 32: Everything You Need to Know About Living In Soho | Neighborhood Guide

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Soho Neighborhood Guide – Everything You Need to Know About Living In Soho

The John and Jonathan Sell NYC Podcast: Episode 32

Welcome to the John and Jonathan Sell NYC Podcast, where experienced, expert NYC real estate brokers John Gasdaska and Jonathan Conlon break down what’s happening in the market, what you need to know whether you’re a buyer, seller, or agent, and their insight into the future, with a little bit of fun along the way.

Soho Neighborhood Guide

Soho’s Location, Origin, and Vibe

What we know as Soho today was originally farmland, like most of Manhattan. Over the years, it became a center for textile warehouses and factories, and then slowly morphed into the artistic, fashionable, expensive neighborhood that it is today. Almost all of Soho is included in the 26-block SoHo-Cast Iron Historic District, which was designated by the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission in 1973 and extended in 2010. It was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1978.

Much of Soho’s real estate features massive windows, beautiful facades, and tall ceilings. The neighborhood has been home to many artists, and the AIR (Artists in Residence) buildings still exist, though they are pretty uncommon these days. A lot of development happened in the area in the last 15 or so years, and there have been several notable conversions.

Nearby Neighborhoods

Soho sits between Sixth Avenue and Broadway, north of Canal and south of Houston – hence it’s name. It is surrounded by a few different neighborhoods, including:

  • Nolita
  • Lower East Side
  • Tribeca
  • West Village
  • Greenwich Village
  • Chinatown
  • East Village
  • NoHo

Soho Dining

  • Ear Inn
  • Cafe Altro Paradiso
  • King
  • Blue Ribbon Brasserie
  • Charlie Bird
  • Alidoro
  • Shuka
  • Niche Niche
  • Emmett’s
  • The Dutch
  • La Mercerie
  • Raoul’s
  • Omen Azen
  • Coco Pazzo
  • Sadelle’s
  • Le Coucou
  • Le Botaniste
  • Balthazar
  • Osteria Morini
  • Balthazar
  • Mercer Kitchen

Soho Bakeries

  • Multisweet
  • Bagels on the Square
  • Balthazar Boulangerie
  • Dominique Ansel Bakery
  • Levain Bakery
  • Maman Soho
  • HARBS SoHo
  • Eileen’s Special Cheesecake
  • Pi Bakerie
  • Parisi Bakery
  • Georgetown Cupcake
  • Mei Lai Wah Bakery
  • Posh Pop Bakeshop

Soho Shopping

  • Acne
  • Alexander Wang
  • Anine Bing
  • Anthom
  • A.P.C.
  • Céline 
  • Chloé
  • Isabel Marant
  • The Laundress
  • Matter
  • Miu Miu
  • Nike
  • Opening Ceremony
  • Prada
  • Rag & Bone
  • Reformation
  • Repetto
  • Rick Owens
  • Saint Laurent
  • Schott
  • Sea NY
  • TAI Jewelry

Soho Museums and Art Galleries

  • New York City Fire Museum
  • Museum of Ice Cream
  • Color Factory
  • Children’s Museum of the Arts
  • Eden Fine Art Gallery
  • Judd Foundation
  • Opera Gallery
  • Soho Triad Fine Arts Gallery
  • Jeffrey Deitch
  • Peter Freeman, Inc.
  • Team Gallery

Soho Real Estate

Soho is mostly known for its famous cast-iron buildings, though there are a few notable other kinds of buildings in the area. Some co-ops have ground floor units, and the co-op owns the commerical space, which means owners pay no maintenance fees. As you’d expect, though, these buildings are few and far between.

Overall, there is a good bit of quirkiness in the apartments and buildings in Soho because of the regulations on the historic buildings.

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